All trainees study a core set of modules to set them up for a successful career, and then undertake training and work experience to help them build specialist skills.
- Essential Journalism – the basics of how to get the story and develop strong writing skills. No matter the role you’re aiming for, you’ll need to show these skills to get the job
- Ethics – understand the code that guides journalists and discuss real-life issues
- Essential Media Law and Court Reporting – this is essential for any journalist. The toolbox no journalist can be without, and every editor wants to know you have
- Journalism for a Digital Audience – understand how modern digital publishing organisations work and how to write brilliant stories across all digital platforms
- Public Affairs – understand how power works and how you can challenge it
- Shorthand – develop the skills to write 100 words a minute
After five weeks study, you will then choose a specialism so you can build your skills and knowledge in an area that interests you.
For candidates interested in sports journalism, you’ll spend one day a week learning how to write great previews, match reports, interviews, commentary and more with our intensive sports training.
Coached by a specialist sports journalist trainer, you’ll be given lots of opportunity to put your learning into practice. Our sports journalism course has the full support of PA Sport, the biggest sports agency in the UK, and you’ll have access to the sports wire, with the chance to work on real assignments.
At the end of the course, you’ll take the NCTJ’s Sports Journalism module, which future employers will be looking for.
All trainees also receive video training throughout the course, and you will build a strong portfolio so you have a range of work to show editors when it comes to finding a job.
We have excellent links with newsrooms and can also offer support and advice to those choosing freelance careers. After the course you’ll be able to join our alumni network and build connections with other PA Training graduates.